CIH comment on Immigration Bill
Commenting on the government's Immigration Bill, which is due to be published today and will require private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants, Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “This proposed change will make it much harder for non-British people to access housing even when they have a legal right to live in the UK.
"Checking immigration status is complicated so landlords may shy away from letting to anyone who they believe not to be British. Discrimination laws will not protect these people.
"For many people, private renting is their only housing option, and if this is removed homelessness and destitution may follow. In trying to take a stance against illegal immigration, the government could cause significant housing problems for people who are here legally.”
Housing rights information
The CIH/BMEnational Housing Rights Information website aims to provide accurate information to recent arrivals to Great Britain and to advisers about entitlements to housing, based on people's immigration status. Find out more